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    FoodEssentials Team


    Anton Xavier - Global Business Development Officer (co-founder)

    Anton Xavier - Global CEO (co-founder)

    With experience in management, operations and marketing, Anton led the FoodEssentials team from its inception in Australia and subsequent move to the US, to its current position as a leader in this niche industry. Completing postgraduate degrees in Australia, Anton gained invaluable management and marketing experience working with a variety of firms in Asia. 

    Dheeraj Patri - CEO (co-founder)

    Dheeraj Patri - COO (co-founder)

    A serial entrepreneur, Dheeraj joined the FoodEssentials team in February 2008. He was integral in moving operations from Australia to the U.S. With a strong technical and project management background, Dheeraj has led teams within Fortune 500 companies as well as his own start-up enterprises. 

    Dagan Xavier - Chief Data Officer (co-founder)

    Dagan Xavier - Director Culture & Content (co-founder)

    With a background in nutrition, Dagan is central to the development and ongoing evolution of the FoodEssentials database assets. Managing a team of dietitians and researchers, Dagan is constantly looking for innovative solutions to enable the scaling of our data services.

    Ronak Sheth - Chief Product Officer

    Ronak Sheth - Chief Product Officer

    Ronak brings over a decade of experience in software applications, consulting, technology, manufacturing, and sales. He has helped drive strategic initiatives for global companies including Diageo, Heinz, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, Clorox, and Jaguar across Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, India, China, Europe, and North America. Ronak earned a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

    Annie Geile - VP, Data

    Annie Geile - VP, Client Management

    Annie brings to FoodEssentials her near 20 years of managing global teams, data, and processes. Previously she worked for St. Louis based Sigma-Aldrich, a Life Science and High Technology company that operates in 37 countries. Annie earned a Degree in Chemistry from Bradley University and an MBA from Fontbonne University. As a board member of the Friends of St. Louis Children’s Hospital Board, she’s worked to progress the goals of the greater community and is excited for the chance to play a part in enabling people to make better food choices.

    Dan Lutger - Design Manager

    Dan Lutger - Design Manager

    Dan brings an artistic eye to a palette of data. He has been designing user interfaces and websites since the Mosiac browser and has 20 years of experience helping companies from start-ups to Fortune 500s organize information with style.

    Tyler Trollinger - Technology Administrator

    Tyler Trollinger - Technology Administrator

    Tyler is a talented technology all rounder,  combining broad technology knowledge with natural project management and leadership skills to help administer and the technology systems, processes building efficiencies and accountability in to the system.

    Madalyn McGahan - Data Team Lead for Digitization

    Madalyn McGahan - Data Team Lead for Digitization

    Madalyn began a career in finance in Chicago after majoring at Miami University in Oxford, OH. Being diagnosed with celiac disease, she fully understands the importance of reliable food labels and moved back to St. Louis as soon as she found out about FoodEssentials. Her passion for living a gluten-free lifestyle and interest in nutrition and dietetics makes her a great addition to our team.

    Yisi Wang - Nutritionist

    Yisi Wang - Nutritionist

    Yisi is a Registered Dietitian and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is currently working on her master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences. She hopes, with her engineering and nutrition background, she could be the translator of food data for shoppers.

    Beth Siesener – Data Processor

    Beth Siesener – Data Processor

    Beth is currently pursuing a degree in Dietetics. She plans to become a Registered Dietetic Technician by the end of 2014. With a degree and experience in accounting, Beth is looking to help improve the accuracy of our data and link it to current nutritional research.

    Tyler Olsen - Client Manager

    Tyler Olsen - Client Manager

    Tyler came to FoodEssentials after beginning his career at Target where he consistently led teams to produce results in the top 1% of the company. A graduate of Truman State University with an International Business and Marketing Degree with a Spanish Emphasis, he is excited to help integrate data solutions into the food industry.

     

    Board Members


    Peter Esparrago - Cultivation Capital

    Peter Esparrago - Cultivation Capital

    Peter is a General Partner at Cultivation Capital. Peter has over 25 years of global technology leadership experience in a wide variety of industries. He is Managing Partner at Growspar, a technology growth catalyst firm. Peter was CEO of IntraISP, a global BSS/OSS Software-as-a-Service company, in which he grew and sold twice (to Clearwire and Amdocs). He was President of two information security companies, Cigital and Mycroft. He was President of River City Internet Group, a holding company for various businesses (data centers, network management, ISP, WISP, SaaS, cloud storage). Peter was COO of Ariel Research, a global leader in EH&S content and software. As COO, he helped grow and sell the company to 3E. Peter also spent 16 years at Accenture, where he was a Partner and left after the IPO. Peter has an MBA in Finance from Rockhurst University, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Missouri.

    Advisors


    Shane Scott - Advisor

    Shane Scott - Advisor

    Shane brings industry experience to the team and is an entrepreneurial senior executive with a rock solid reputation for building high performance and process driven organizations focusing on meeting global clients’ unmet needs. His focus and strength is Global Strategic Account Management and working with business leaders across various service offerings to develop new collaborative solutions for clients. Shane’s past firm has approximately 14,000 employees world-wide and $2B in sales with a portfolio of businesses in areas of Clinical (CRO), Commercial, and Consulting.

    Chris Reid - General Counsel

    Chris Reid - General Counsel

    Chris practices corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, start-up company representations, private placements (including venture capital financings) and general corporate representation.

    Brian Salmo - General Counsel

    Brian Salmo - General Counsel

    Brian practices in a variety of areas assisting clients ranging from entrepreneurial startups to publicly traded companies in the technology, health care and banking industries. In particular, Brian is an active member of Polsinelli's Multidisciplinary Emerging Technology Company practice, which assists clients in the fields of information technology, life sciences, and energy.